Welcome in the New Year by Getting Your Rear Kicked by Shenandoah National Parks -- Brown Mountain, Rocky Mountain Run, and Lariat Trail: A Strenuous 10 Mile Hike with Post Hike Meal
So, C'mon! Get out of bed and onto the trail... We CHALLENGE you to get out of bed, get your rear in gear, and come out for a hike! Rich in human history and wildlife, Shenandoah is truly one of the jewels of the East. Located in northern Virginia, it's is an easy drive from the Washington, D.C., metro area and you can ride along in a carpool to pass the road time quickly. This is a strenuous circuit with approximately ~2500 feet of elevation gain and is considered a bit more challenging than Old Rag.
A frequent hiker with our group had this to say after hiking this trail with MAHG. "This was a great hike but definitely not for the faint of heart. The last two miles are very challenging." - Volky
Rich in human history and wildlife, Shenandoah is truly one of the jewels of the East. Located in northern Virginia, it's is an easy drive from the Washington, D.C., metro area.
Our hike plan takes us across two mountain peaks, dropping down to cross the park's largest stream. It will offer extraordinary views and provide glimpses into the park's geological past. There is sandstone along Brown Mountain, embedded with 600-million-year-old fossil worm holes. Below Brown Mountain, fire engulfed the area back in 1986, and today's hikers have the opportunity to observe firsthand just how quickly nature can regenerate herself! When hiking this route when it is hot outside, we can take dips in the numerous streams we will be passing, and a few we will be crossing, to cool off if hiking this in the summer! However, these streams are very low and often dried up during winter.
Note: Since this area is one of the most berry covered areas in the park and bears just love their berries, black bear sightings are very frequent -- so if you are uncomfortable around bears, this might not be a hike for you when berries are in season. However, many of us enjoy seeing them and are thrilled to see them finally recovering from almost being completely gone from our region until very recently. Beth, a frequent hiker with our group had this to say "The hike was strenuous but worth it! We saw 3 bears, 2 cubs (missed a photo of one of them climbing a tree), 2 deer and 2 baby deer. A beautiful day for the hike with a great group of people!" - Beth
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Simmons Gap
Length: 10.1 total miles
Trail Type: Loop
Trail Traffic: Light
Skill Level: Strenuous
Season: Year 'round.
Trailhead Elevation: 2950
Elevation Gain: ~2500 feet
Local Contacts: Shenandoah National Park
Park Fee (SNP)
Entry Fee: $20.00 - Per vehicle, valid for unlimited entry from date of purchase and the following 6 consecutive days. Many of our members have annual park passes, so please coordinate together to share passes! Passes, which are valid for unlimited entries within a seven-day period, are issued. Payment may be made with cash, credit, or debit cards. If you plan on visiting more than once, it is well worth it to purchase a pass! If an annual pass holder uses their pass to gain you entry to the park, please remember to show your appreciation and gratitude.
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We hike rain or shine. Click Here to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.
The goal for this hike is to maintain an average moving pace of ~ 2.5 mph. This speed is frequently used in popular hiking publications to represent the pace of an average hiker. We welcome you to please sign up for another hike if you know that this is not a comfortable pace for you. We strive to offer a variety of hikes and pace options so we can always have something for everyone no matter their interest and ability.
Our RSVP and Group Etiquette
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Carpool Suggestions and Information
Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and places are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the 'Comments' section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and offerings.
Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click Here for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location.
DC Area Carpool Suggestion - Centreville
To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, people can arrange to meet at the Centreville Park and Ride. Click Here for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Centreville Park and Ride location.
If you can drive or want to carpool from any particular place, please post your offer to help those in need of a ride, and those looking for a ride, in the comment section below. Click Here for a list of suggested carpool locations, each complete with a physical address, GPS coordinates, driving directions and additional carpool information.
For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment — by just offering a ride!
Optional Post Hike Meal and Camaraderie
Directions to the Trailhead
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Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:45-9:55 a.m.
The Hike is at 10:00 a.m.
Carpool Time from Savage Station — 7:00 a.m.
Carpool Time from Centreville Park and Ride — 7:45 a.m.
Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette and Leave No Trace principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, and donations ARE tax deductible. Tax ID: [masked].
Fido Must be Pre-Approved BEFORE Attending This Hike. Our Hikes Route is much Tougher on Paws than Most trails. Contact the leader to discuss the route and your dog's experience to determine if this is a good hike for your dog at this time.
Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there
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